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leah_0884(Photo: Davide Photo, Model: Griselda U., MUA: Madinah M., and Wardrobe Stylist: Leah V. )

June 29, 2015

Pontiac, MI

Leah V.’s Hepburn Inspired Photo Shoot

When I begin any photo shoot or creative process, I always choose a theme or an era. Then I allow it to grow, piece by piece, brick by brick. I wanted a dark-haired model and I wanted to create a billowy tulle skirt in black.

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Griselda and I are friends on Facebook, she responded to my post looking for a sultry dark-haired muse. And it was set. I usually do colorful ensembles with a lot of print and pattern, so for this shoot I wanted to do the complete opposite.

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Initially, I was going for a modern ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired shoot, but then it took a creative turn. Griselda has this Lady Gaga’esque nature about her, so we went with the flow.

IMG_0925Griselda slayed the shoot. She was easy to work with and high-energy. Here’s what she had to say about working with us: “Working with Leah was such a wonderful experience. She let me know her vision, but also gave me the opportunity to give her my personal thoughts. Through laughter and jokes, she kept it professional. I look forward to working with her again.”

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I love working with a team of down-to-earth creative individuals. Davide did a wonderful job (as usual) being patient and adding the cool smoky background. And of course my MUA, Madinah, beat her face to perfection.

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Outfit Details:

Shirt: (turned backwards) Regeneration

Blazer: Regeneration

Velvet Stockings: Pay-Less

Tulle Skirt: Custom Made by Leah V.

Turban: Wrapped by Leah V.

Heels: Model’s own

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Thank you 🙂

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Because I model, sometimes I feel as if I just shouldn’t have low self esteem. Because I’m a body-positive activist, I feel I have a duty to be “on”. To be okay with my body all the time publicly. To not deal with body dysmorphia because I take photos that others see as “perfect”. I have so many girls and women inbox me about how much my photos give them life. Give them courage. Allow them to go out and take up space. I do not want to let them down. Ya know? Sometimes, I feel like social media is like an overly perfect Tinder profile. We all are trying to create the perfect narrative. I get it. I shot this outfit last week. These were the only black jeans I had. And the only pair that matched. I was able to wear them comfortably last year. This time around I was busting out of them. When you can’t fit something that you used to fit or try on your size at the store and it doesn’t or no longer fits, it’s like the world is coming down. I spazzed out. I am huge. I am big. I am huge-r than the hugest person. Why can’t I fit into them? Why do you insist on eating a bag of chips every night? Why can’t you just drink water instead of juice? Empty calories! I wanted to throw the whole outfit away, but my job dictates that I take photos and show off clothes. So, I took the photo. Do you feel the need to uphold a certain standard in life, on social media? And, was there a time where you spazzed out when something hadn’t fit the way you wanted it to? How’d you manage? All bodies can chime in. Photo: @being_madinah Jacket: @fashionnovacurve #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #highfashion #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #novababe #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #90sfashion #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #hijabi #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #teenvogue #selflove #streetstyle #summerstyle #goldenconfidence

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